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[CAROLYN Resnick]: So itís the nature of the horse to understand that if youíre not going to take the leadership role, the horse will lead. Thatís the basic nature of the horse and I think thatís when people get into the alpha talk.
The thing for us to understand is that because we donít keep horses in communities with one another, they really are in a state of limbo. And they are in a state of not maturing properly.
And I believe it is our job to go in there and develop the social skills in the horse, and the coping skills and the character that it takes to be a horse - fair, just, moral, and effective in himself. It is our job to do that instead of thinking that we need to take control. Thatís not what we need to do. What we need is to build enrichment in that horseís life and be able to bring him up and be the character he needs to be, since horses, when they grow up in a community of horses, shape each otherís character. And thatís what makes them great.
When a horse has to have his character shaped, it develops coping skills for him, and people who just take horses and say ďoh, we donít want to be abusive and we need to do this, this, and thisĒ, they get the horse to the point that it canít cope with anything at all, because he says ďoh, I canít do this and I canít do thatĒ, ďoh, this is too much for me and thatís too much for meĒ. What happens to that poor horse is that he canít accept anything because heís not been asked to cope.
[HFL]: How important it is to keep horses in some form of community with other horses? There are many horses that are being kept by themselves.
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